Federal State Unitary Air Enterprise "Kavminvodyavia"
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations1 October 2011
HubsMineralnye Vody Airport, Vnukovo International Airport, Stavropol Shpakovskoye Airport
Fleet size6
Parent companyGovernment owned
HeadquartersMineralnye Vody, Russia
Key peopleVasiliy Viktorovich Babaskin (General Director)[1]

Kavminvodyavia (KMV Avia) was an airline based in Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus, Russia. It operated scheduled services to over 20 destinations in the northern Caucasus region and abroad, as well as charter services. Its main base was Mineralnye Vody Airport,[2] which was also operated by the company.


The first airport operation was in 1925, when a French Dornue-Comet was the sole aircraft. The present three-story airport building opened in 1965.

The airline was established in 1961 as the Mineralnye Vody Aviation Group. Its first international destination was Berlin in 1980. The airport and its civil aviation service was reorganized into the Mineralnye Vody Civil Aviation Enterprise in 1988, under the direction of V.V. Babaskin. It was reorganized again in 1995 into the State United Venture Kavminvodyavia, more commonly known as KMV.[2] The airline purchased several Tupolev Tu-204 aircraft in 1997.

Following the 2010 decision of the Russian government to transfer the assets to Aeroflot, the airline ceased operations on 1 October 2011.[3]


KMV Tu-154M at Moscow airport
KMV Tu-154M at Moscow airport
KMV Tupolev Tu-154 at Mineralnye Vody Airport
KMV Tupolev Tu-204 at Salzburg Airport

In August 2010, Kavminvodyavia operated flights to the following:[4][5]
All flights to the European Union were suspended on 19 June 2007 due to fleet issues.[6]






In April 2011 the Kavminvodyavia fleet included:[7][1][8][9]

Aircraft type Active Orders Seats Age, years Notes
Business Economy Total
Tupolev Tu-154M 8 1 301 102 132 19,8 Two more stored[10]
0 165 165
Tupolev Tu-204-100 2 2 0 192 192 13,1

112 first class (3 rows, 4 abreast) and 18 (3 rows, 6 abreast) seats.


  1. ^ a b (in Russian) Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 27 April 2007, p. 221
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 100.
  3. ^ http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/45316--Kavminvodyavia-stops-the-operation[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Polet-Sirena". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ (in Russian) KMV Avia official website Charter schedule Archived 22 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Official explanation
  7. ^ KMV Avia official fleet page Archived 1 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Aerotransport.org Kavminvodyavia fleet details". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Planespotters.net page for KMV Avia". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  10. ^ "CH-Aviation plane list for KMV Avia". Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2008.